71st Doolittle Reunion
was held in
Fort Walton Beach Florida
April 17th thru 20th,
HERE for merchandise sales from this event!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce
34 Miracle Strip Parkway, SE
P. O. Box 640
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32549
For more information, contact Eppi
Azzaretto, Marketing & PR Director
Doolittle Raiders to Visit
Fort Walton Beach for their Last Public Reunion
Fort Walton Beach, FL, February 1,
2013. Tom Casey, the business manager for the famed Doolittle Raiders, today
announced that the Doolittle Raiders 71st Anniversary Reunion (April
17 through 20) in Fort Walton Beach, FL, will be the last public reunion of
these World War II heroes.
“The Raiders have always considered
Fort Walton Beach to be their second home, and they’re honored that Beach
Community Bank and the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce have
organized a full schedule of events for the Reunion weekend, April 17 through
20,” said Casey.
Highlights of the Reunion agenda
include the dedication of a Doolittle Raider Museum at Northwest Florida State
College, a press conference and autograph session at the Air Force Armament
Museum, along with two public luncheons (April 18 and 19) and a culminating
“Victory Celebration” dinner on April 20.
For more details and a full schedule
of events, contact the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce at
850.244.8191. Tickets for the public meals may be purchased, beginning February
5, 2013, either at the Chamber offices (34 Miracle Strip Pkwy, SE, Fort Walton
Beach) or online at
The Doolittle Raiders 71st
Anniversary Reunion – The Farewell Tribute is presented by Beach Community Bank,
the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, ResortQuest by Wyndham
Vacation Rentals, Lockheed Martin, and Image Printing and Digital Services.
From: Eppi Azzaretto <email@example.com>
Sent: Saturday, February 02, 2013 2:04 PM
Subject: Updates on Raiders Reunion Ticket Sales
Hello to all ---
Well, we’re getting closer to ticket sales – and I wanted to give you all some
updates. Please read these notes very carefully!!!
Big News -- Tom Casey, the Raiders’ business manager, has been here meeting with
us this week about the details – and it was just yesterday that he made the
official announcement that this will be the LAST PUBLIC REUNION for the
remaining Raiders. As he so beautifully put it, “Looking at their health and
that this is where they trained for the mission, we thought this would be
fitting for the final public reunion.”
You can find a Northwest Florida Daily News article about this announcement
(Please note that there is an error at the end. The final toast WILL NOT be a
part of this Reunion. However the Raider goblets will be on display at most of
Another public, ticketed event has been added to the schedule that you may have
already received. The latest version is attached. The new event is the “Raiders
Family Day Honoring World War II Veterans” Luncheon on Friday, April 19. Tickets
will be $35 per person. We will be offering complimentary tickets to those who
can substantiate the fact that they are WWII vets – up to 100 of them (and 1
guest each) will be eligible for these complimentary tickets. Eligible veterans
should come in person to the Chamber offices at 34 Miracle Strip Pkwy, SE, in
Fort Walton Beach.
A limited number of tickets for each event will be available on the website.
Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, February 5 at
www.doolittletickets.com Don’t bother to go there early – the
web site is intentionally not yet operational. A maximum of 16 tickets per event
may be ordered. We expect them to go very quickly.
Tickets will be available via the web site, by telephone (850.244.8191) or in
person at the Chamber’s office at 34 Miracle Strip Pkwy, SE in Fort Walton
Beach. We will accept cash or checks (if you visit the office) as well as credit
cards (Visa, MC, Discover, and American Express). If your order must be mailed,
there will be a shipping/handling charge of $5 per order. On-line orders that
are picked up here in the office will incur a handling charge of $1.
Ticketholders will be assigned to particular 8-person tables on a first-come,
first-served basis. Those purchasing “Meet the Heroes” tickets for the April 18
luncheon will have priority seating, while other ticketholders will be assigned
to the best available seats as orders are received. While we will make every
effort to sit block ticketholders at the same table, we reserve the right to
split groups based on availability of seating. If you would like to assure
yourself seating with a group of friends or family, please consider purchasing a
reserved table for any of the meals. Otherwise, we cannot guarantee that you
will all be seated together.
If you are visiting from out of town and would like to make reservations here in
Fort Walton Beach, here are the details about the host hotel:
Doolittle Raiders Reservations
ResortQuest Reservations Department
Location: The Islander
Group Code: R1087
Thank you for your patience and for your interest in the Reunion. We are both
excited and honored to be hosting this very special event here in Fort Walton
Beach, and I look forward to meeting each of you.
Best regards, Eppi
Marketing and Public Relations Director
Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce
information pertains to the past
69th Doolittle Reunion
April 2011 in Omaha Nebraska
A great big T H A N K - Y O
U to everyone who attended the 69th reunion in April 2011!
A huge Thank-You to all the fans at Memorial Stadium who greeted the Raiders
with a warm Nebraska Roaring Standing Ovation!
The boys were thoroughly impressed and grateful!
We still have merchandise
available on the website for those of you who were not able to attend!
Todd Joyce for details!
We still have a very limited
quantity of Challenge Coins still available!
Coin & Pin Page
Only a few copies of this poster are still available...
In Support of the
Strategic Air and Space Museum
Doolittle Raiders were in attendance in 2011!
- Co-Pilot Crew 1
- Navigator Crew 9
- Co-Pilot Crew 16
- Engineer Gunner Crew 7
- Engineer Crew 15
C. V. Glines
- Historian & Honorary Raider
Mary Jane Radney
- Widow of Doug Radney, Engineer Gunner on Crew 2